Taking on an apprentice

Every business that wants a future needs new blood rising through the ranks.  But taking on your first apprentice is often daunting.  Based on the discussions we’ve had with the firms we’ve have helped, the most common queries and concerns are:

  • Small firms that are keen to take on an apprentice but don’t think they can afford the cost
  • The time needed to provide an apprentice with the on-the-job training
  • Concerns around the scope of work required to complete the course

The good news is that there is plenty of support to help you through the process.

For example, www.apprenticeships.gov.uk is a great starting point, where you’ll find lots of down-to-earth information and practical advice.  And check out the steps to taking on an apprentice and finding funding are at www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice 

How Hudson Contract supports the future of construction

In response to the issues students and employers in the Bridlington and Scarborough area were facing we set up the Hudson Contract Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme.   It’s based on four very simple steps:

1.  A letter of support is given to students to take to potential employers

2.  Students find an employer willing to take them on

3.  Hudson Contract confirms pledge of 12 months’ financial support to employers

4.  Employers invoice us for £50 per week sponsorship payment

It's simple, and has to be that way to ensure there's plenty of take-up in an area where only a handful of construction firms have more than five employees

Hudson Contract Chairman David Jackson 

The Hudson Contract Apprenticeship Scheme:  Give us the bill and we’ll pay it!

And if you happen to know someone who’s interested in becoming an apprentice, they can find out more here: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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